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Folk dancers in St. Petersburg. Photo: Rocketstar

Overview

The largest country on Earth, the Russian federation has a knack for keeping up the larger-than-life vibe. The opulent imperial palaces, stark Soviet architecture, and ornate churches are landmarks in the biggest cities: Moscow and St. Petersburg. In the west, the towns in the Golden Ring have preserved churches and kremlins dating back to the the 12th century. The surprisingly subtropical Black Sea coastline is dotted with beach towns, and ski-friendly mountains span the country, from Sochi (2014 Olympics, anyone?) to Western Caucasus.

We have tips for living and working in Russia, from conquering the paperwork to getting your tongue around the language. We have Trans-Siberian tips, foodie field guides, and essays on race issues in Moscow. Don’t worry, we have vodka tips too.

Russia Articles

Stay for a while: the 12 best countries for a radical sabbatical

Travelling in the Trans-Siberian: From St. Petersburg to Beijing

The 20 cheapest countries to visit in 2017

The 16+ ultimate experiences to have in Russia

14 places Russian locals don’t want you to know about

What NOT to do in Moscow

7 things Russian people can be proud of

30 expressions that show the Russian soul

15 awesome expressions to know before you travel to Russia

5 surprising things I learned as an American tourist in Moscow

This is what farm life in the Russian taiga looks like

Meet the badass Siberian truckers who risk their lives literally driving on thin ice [GALLERY]

A community came together to save orca whales and the result is heartwarming

24 signs you’ve been in Russia too long

This is what the most epic train ride in the world will take you to see

The 30 funniest Russian expressions and how to use them

The politics of international adoption: 5 countries ranked on how they treat orphaned kids

Russian police published a hilarious guide to taking selfies without killing yourself

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